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Schneider National The Grove Innovation Center Corporate Construction Project

Date: Apr 1, 2024 11:18:32 AM | Author: Molly Haack
Corporate Construction Meets Sustainability: A Case Study of The Grove Innovation Center

Schneider National took a bold step with their new collaboration space, The Grove Innovation Center, located adjacent to their Green Bay headquarters. Spanning 20,759 square feet, The Grove is designed as a living room-style space that fosters creativity and productivity among Schneider's 20,000+ team members worldwide.

Exterior view of The Schneider National Grove Innovation Center building in Green Bay, Wisconsin, featuring a contemporary design with a focus on sustainability

“We’ve created a hub where employees and vendors can convene, fostering the delivery of Schneider's mission statement: safe, courteous hustling associates delivering superior experiences that excite customers,” comments Glenn Buntin.

A collaborative workspace at the Schneider National Grove Innovation Center: The Grove Theater featuring a stage, seating, and a large LED display for presentations.

Amenities include: presentation areas, conference rooms, a food preparation area, movable LED wall and expanded parking facilities. SEFAR glass, installed throughout the center, reduces heat gain and glare, eliminates the need for window treatments, and enhances climate control. The Smartflowers strategically placed around the retention pond have solar panels as petals that open and close, collecting energy used within the building.

A geothermal system was installed. To preserve the trees, teams bored underground to complete this process. This not only enhances the aesthetics of the space but also promotes energy efficiency.

The collaboration between Schneider National and C.D. Smith Construction exemplifies the significance of collaboration. 

Solar panels shaped like flower petals collecting energy in front of sustainable new CD Smith Construction project building Schneider National's Grove Innovation Center

“The Grove is more than just an office space; it is a true innovation center that promotes collaboration and flexibility. The open-concept floor plan encourages employee interaction and adaptability.” Glenn Buntin, Sr. Director of Facilities, Schneider National

Schneider The Grove Innovation Center won in the category of Commercial Project - New Construction for the 2023 Build Wisconsin Awards.

You can discover more project details and photos from our website's SCHNEIDER THE GROVE INNOVATION CENTER Project Profile page, linked here.


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